Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

I don't love all Breitling watches - far from it. Though I have always been a fan of the "new" Superocean watch collection, which for me ironically started with the Superocean Heritage watch collection. Be it the three-hand or the chronograph, those are awesome watches. Vintage watches tend to be smaller, but the vintage inspired Superocean Heritage was 46mm wide. Oddly enough, the futuristic looking new Superocean for 2010 watch is 42mm wide. Hmm.... At 42mm wide it is a very wearable watch. Doesn't have that wrist jarring visual "pop" that many larger Breitling watches have, but these aren't small timepieces. Oh, and some people call these new watches the "Superocean II," but it seems better to just say 2010 Superocean watches (as it is more common to do so).

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

At the same time, they don't wear big due to the thickness of the bezel and the large sized hands and hour markers. They are so big, that they act to dwarf the size of the watch a bit. See what I mean? Drastically different than the outgoing Superocean watches, they show a new way of looking at Breitling dive timepieces. I was pretty drawn to them when I first learned about them many months ago, but didn't want to write about them until I got my hands on the watches. Well I did, and now that I have annoyed Breitling enough with my watch nerdery, I wanted to share my impressions (it is funny when you meet with a brand as a journalist/blogger - whatever, that actually is really into watches. They are sometimes weirded out when you actually look at the watch in details, ask questions, etc...).

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

The case is really nice. Very solid, high quality steel, with good polish and soft edges. Save for a few watches, Breitling follows the "feels good in the hand" philosophy when it comes to watch case design - which means few to no sharp edges. You can (most) always count on Breitling to have watches that are fully polished as well. None of this "brushed steel" nonsense for them. I really can't think of too many other luxury dive watches that are all polished like this.

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

As a pro dive watch, the new watch will perform well. Now water resistant to 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), the cases are highly durable and water resistant. The case also has an automatic helium escape valve. The hands and hour markers are very easy to see, and I love the action of the rotating diver's bezel. Notice that the style of the bezel is like a modern version of what the Superocean Heritage has. Here with those techie looking numerals (while the Heritage was just indicators). The black sections on the bezel are actually vulcanized rubber. Though the lack of the lume dot at the 60 minute marker might be a problem for some.

While I think the dials are cool looking, and really unique, they are a mixed bag to me. They actually feel a bit cluttered. As though the space in the dial isn't enough for the hour markers. The hands are fine, but don't look well suited to dealing with the scrunched together numerals. So while I love the large, lume coated hour markers with the Arabic numerals and the markers, I think that the watch hands have a hard time playing nice with them. Does this really detract from legibility? No so much, but they might feep the watch from being a design classic in the future. Though I do have to say that the massive applied numerals are fun looking.

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Watch For 2010 Hands-On Hands-On

The colorful choices are all about changing up the inner flange ring. There are five choices to start being black, whitish gray, yellow, blue, and red. I am sure at least one of them speaks to you. Nice to see Breitling playing the color game. To us it might seem silly at times, but the power of color and choice is a force to be reckoned with. Inside the watch is the Breitling Calibre 17, which is an ETA automatic movement (the 2892 I think). Breitling has the Superocean 2010 models all Chronometer Certified which is cool.

Breitling offers the Superocean on two rubber strap options, and their famous angled link steel bracelet. The locking fold over deployment clasp on the rubber straps is legendary. So smooth, so well fitting. They are very well-make and will impress you compared to other such deployments. Not sure about price - in the $2-3 grand range I imagine. UPDATE: Price range is $2,695 - $3,085. Certainly a decent watch for the price, and a good size for activity being large enough, but not too big. They should be out just about now.

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  • Dean Grant Baker

    That there is NO top-dead-centre indicator, lumed or otherwise, combined with the fact that the bezel is NOT graduated to minutes for the last fifteen means that this is NOT a true “Diver’s” watch by ISO/DIN certification.
    It is why these do NOT carry the legal and technical term “Diver’s” on the case.

  • Dean Grant Baker

    Nor is the watch DIN/ISO certified for “mixed gas diving” regardless of the He release valve.

    • Alright Dean, we got it. Anyone out there who wants to actually dive with a legal dive watch. go elsewhere I guess.

    • Jack

      Hello Dean, as a former soviet diver told me, ISO Dive Standards are foolish. This working diver used a very basic yet practical dive watch issued by the Soviet state. With over 7,000 dives under his belt he is of the opinion that the only things that matter in a dive watch are readability, visibility and water resistance. Everything else is irrelevant. Perhaps Breitling has a better understanding of the true factors that make a great dive watch.

  • Chris

    Cluttered dial…on a Breitling? Shocking! I actually think it is the organizing principle/trademark of the brand. But I actually like this watch a lot. I won’t buy one – but as far as Breitlings go, this one might be my favorite.

  • Kris C.

    The polish on this is awesome – the version with the bracelet looks like it’s actually just settled liquid its so polished. I’m not a Breitling guy, but I would end up picking this one over many other recent offerings. Not my 1st Breitling choice overall, but the “bumblebee” colour combo on the bracelet I’m sure is quite striking.

    I do question the use of rubber in the bezel though. This is not unique, and I question it with all watches that use it. It has a very real life span, and even the best quality will eventually dry up and crack, etc over time, not to mention start losing it’s richness before that. They are watch bezels you’d have to be in the habit of Armour All’ing, or otherwise be ready to replace at some point.

    • I had this same concern a while ago. While I haven’t see decades old watches with rubber like this, I do understand the rubber’s breakdown is majorly effected by flexing. Rubber on the bezel and such won’t move. It might face abrasion, but not flexing.

  • Ivan Y

    I don’t remember what the older Superocean looked like but, insofar as Breitling is concerned, the dial isn’t too bad. I don’t like the italic font though.

    P.S. Color customization isn’t limited to the inner ring — the outline on the tip of the seconds hand is also color-matched.

  • It somehow strikes me as “the best looking Invicta ever”. Not that I’m resistant to change, but I think this and the Chronomatic B1 stray too far from the classic Breitling style with the Battlestar Galactia font choices. Not to say this isn’t a sharp looking watch, but from 10 paces, I’d never think Breitling.


    This watch reminds me of Breitling’s “Premier” (hopefully correct name) that appeared
    possibly as a limited edition roughly a decade ago. It may have been an homage to the
    original “Premier” that appeared in the 1940’s. Two aspects needed to be recognized as a true diving watch are a unidirectional elapsed time bezel, & water/pressure resistance to 200 metres/660 ft. As for DIN/ISO ratings: Since the DIN is German, wouldn’t their ratings only appear on Sohne, Wempe, Glashutte, etc?

  • Koolpep


    Breitling B17 is a 2824-2 ALL Breiltings are COSC certified, even the Quartz ones. The “old” SuperOcean had the same rating of 5000ft/1500m.

    The “old” one is also still available as the new SuperOcean is indeed called “New SuperOcean” and the old ones just SuperOcean. I just bought the “old” model with black dial and rubber strap, just love it.


  • Dean Grant Baker

    There are far more criteria than just two.
    Some of the criteria to qualify as a true “professional dive watch” are:
    -An ability to read the lume at a certain distance at a certain light level
    -the ability of the strap to with and certain g-forces so that it remains attached
    -A top dead centre indicator
    -that the last fifteen minutes on the bezel be marked in one minute increments
    – a chapter ring marked in one minute increments
    – anti magnetic to 70 000

    further a 200m rating on a true “pro diver’s watch” is NOT the same rating as a 200m non criteria meeting so-called ‘dive-watch’.

    Watches conforming to ISO 6425 are marked with the word “DIVER’S” to distinguish diving watches from look alike watches that are not suitable for actual scuba diving.

    The presence of a unidirectional bezel with at least at every 5 minutes elapsed minute markings and a pre-select marker to mark a specific minute marking.
    The presence of clearly distinguishable minute markings on the watch face.
    Adequate readability/visibility at 25 cm (9.84 in) in total darkness.
    The presence of an indication that the watch is running in total darkness. This is usually indicated by a running second hand with a luminous tip or tail.
    Magnetic resistance. This is tested by 3 expositions to a direct current magnetic field of 4,800 A/m. The watch must keep its accuracy to +/- 30 seconds/day as measured before the test despite the magnetic field.
    Shock resistance. This is tested by two shocks (one on the 9 o’clock side, and one to the crystal and perpendicular to the face). The shock is usually delivered by a hard plastic hammer mounted as a pendulum, so as to deliver a measured amount of energy, specifically, a 3 kg hammer with an impact velocity of 4.43 m/s. The change in rate allowed is +/- 60 seconds/day.
    Chemical resistance. This is tested by immersion in a 30 g/l NaCl solution for 24 hours to test its rust resistance. This test water solution has a salinity comparable to normal seawater.
    Strap/band solidity. This is tested by applying a force of 200 N (45 lbf) to each springbar (or attaching point) in opposite directions with no damage to the watch or attachment point.
    The presence of an End Of Life (EOL) indicator on battery powered watches

  • Dean Grant Baker

    Watches conforming to ISO 6425 are marked with the word DIVER’S WATCH L M or DIVER’S L M to distinguish diving watches from look a like watches that are not suitable for actual scuba diving. The letter L indicates the diving depth, in metres, guaranteed by the manufacturer.

    Watches used for mix-gas diving which satisfy the test requirements are marked with the words “DIVER’S WATCH L M FOR MIXED-GAS DIVING”. The letter L indicates the diving depth, in metres, guaranteed by the manufacturer. The composition of the gas mixture used for the test shall be given in the operating instructions accompanying the watch.

    this Breitling is NOT a Pro diver’swatch; this is NOT just a matter of semantics, but is truly a matter of safety and journalistic responsibility.

  • Kris C.

    So, basically what Dean is up on his soapbox saying is that if you attempt to dive with this watch, the scuba police will arrest you. Such an offence is punishable by death.

  • Dean Grant Baker

    One: It is very deceptive marketing — that you have fallen for
    TWO: you do NOT know how close you are to your “death” comment.
    When your watch fails at 20m or you’re starting to become “narced” and can’t tell where the top of the bezel is, you are indeed risking your life using this watch as a dice watch.
    As a PADI Master certified intructor, I would NOT permit you to dice with me, if this was the only diving device you used.
    Period. Only a complete fool would use this watch as a dive watch.

    This is NOT just my opinion, A DIVE MASTER Instructor; professional and certified, but also of scientific Dive ratings associated with DIN certification; Dive watches are certified for a very good reason, it IS indeed a “life or death” situation.

  • Dean Grant Baker

    This is akin to marketing your watch as a “COSC-ish'” or “railway” rated piece.

  • bazza

    I doubt any joe average diver/ free diver that owns a dive watch pumped out by the likes of omega/ oris/ breitling actually wears it underwater – the watches get scratched, they don’t sync with your air tanks, can’t tell you dive depth etc, etc. Putting “dive” in the name is a marketing exercise that helps people like me rationalise spending $4K on a watch. When i dive, i use my $400 dollar dive computer. I get to surface and put my awesome looking breitling on! Now where’s Helga, the cute norweigan dive master?

  • Joe

    Thanks for all your clarifications, Dean, it’s really good to know all those things. Quuick question: do you think this watch would literally stop working at depths of around 100m?

  • Quinton

    Totally appreciate being educated by Dean Grant Baker’s comments. Although I’ve also wondered who on earth would dive with a luxury timepiece it would have never occurred to me that luxury dive watches – be it Brietling, Omega, Rolex, IWC – are “dive watches” in spirit only. It’s obvious that the rigors of real diving require something more modern and sophisticated that meet certain strict standards.

    On the new Superoceans, I for one do not care for them as they lack the elegance of a luxury timepiece. I prefer the 2007 and earlier versions where the dial was more austere and emulating modern jetplane instrumentational dials which is a distinctive Breitling character.

    Recently Breitling has swung to a more modern, trendy and garish look in the Superocean and is looking a bit too much like Tag Heurer.

  • Ivan Spungle

    A Google search of “Dean Grant Baker” shows that he claims to be many conflicting things..
    He is usually best taken with a pinch of salt.

    • Chris Horner

      or lots of valium or alcohol……no wait – HE should be administered some kind of depressant….but I’ll share 😉

      Tonight he told me he was a Psychiatrist, and gave several online diagnoses…he didn’t like mine: “dude, you’re full of shit”

      • Wait, are you serious. Is he really a psychiatrist?

  • Quinton

    Regardless of what a “Google search” reveals, what he states has some validity. Besides not wanting to scratch up an expensive luxury watch, why on earth would a serious diver wear a Breitling, IWC, or Rolex when a modern dive computer is way more accurate and is more functional especially when it could be a matter of life and death?

  • john steppling

    Ive been thinking for a while that Mr Adams should write a large piece on the marketing of certain brands. By which I mean not a critique of the success of the marketing….or even really the marketing so much as the perception we have of the reasons we (watch nuts) buy watches. Let me explain……..take IWC, Rolex, Breitling, Ulysse Nardin, Audemars Piguet, and say Patek Phillipe….and maybe Breguet and JaegerLe Coultre. A group like that. The piece written on six professionals who wear watches was inspired. And it got me thinking. What is the appeal of these brands exactly? yes, status, of course. They say “expensive”. But beyond that. Why choose an IWC instead of a ulysse Nardin? Or a Breitling? I mean yes, no real diver probably uses a Sea Dweller. Not many of us who have worn Breitling are pilots. Its a complex topic. Rolex is the ultimate polarizing brand. Some wear it for the very reasons others hate it. The Ulyess Nardin is just esoteric enough to appeal to those who feel IWC and Rolex are too well known, let alone Omega. Breitling are just very “guy” watches. They are over masculine almost (though I like them, and if I admit it, for just that reason). I love IWC but i sort of hate their popularity at this point. I dont really hate Rolex for its popularity. Again, with Rolex its always a double edged sword. Breguet is esoteric too, quintessentially french without being Patek Phillipe. Blancpain is like a diluted Breguet, which is not an insult. I love the Paris to Peking issue. Then we get into leather or bracelet. Its fascinating to me. Maybe just me, I dont know. But Id love to read a deeper piece on this topic.

    • Something to think about…

    • Aaron

      I think it would be highly difficult to identify people’s attraction to luxury time pieces because it is embedded consumer behavior which varies from person to person. Clearly there are different market segments from the affluent who want to show off their status, to the working and middle class who want to show the status they wish they could be, to those that genuinely see time pieces as art or a marvel of mechanical engineering.

      Also luxury items often are subject to an economics phenomenon called the “snob appeal” where consumers will pay more to get less.

      One thing is for sure and that is that not a lot of us actually buy luxury time pieces to have accurate time. I’m an outdoors person and would sooner have my solar Casio Pathfinder (with a highly accurate compass and barometer for a digital watch) on my wrist, over a luxury time piece.

      For attending a formal dinner, I’ll strap on a luxury time piece instead.

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  • Dean Grant Bakerisgay

    Shut up Dean ppl buy diving watches because they like the look not because they use it for diving. When you go diving you know you will be using your dive computer and a citizen/seiko watch…. a real diving watch!

  • Chris Horner

    just following all posts of Dean Grant Baker to see if it was an isolated incident – or if he’s always an asshole who should stay under his bridge….think I figured out where the troll resides 😉

    wow, I can see you guys are as sorry to have met him as me 😉

  • Andy

    The Rolex Deepsea doesn’t state the words DIVER’S WATCH L M or DIVER’S L M on the dial or case, so is it only good for using in the bath eh Dean?

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  • bto

    7 years after they released this radical redesign of the venerable SuperOcean and Breitling has now steadily gone back to the original concept now in 2017. Thank goodness.

    I hated this 2010 design. It was by far the most polarizing and unnecessary design for Breitling who abandoned their trademarks like the straightforward numerals, and the distinctive bezels and ended up looking like toys than an elegant watch.

    Here now in 2017, Breitling’s SuperOcean has now gone back to their airplane gauge look on their dials, thank goodness. If I want a Rolex, I’ll buy a Rolex. If I want an Omega, I’ll buy an Omega. I want a Breitling and want those trademark looks to go with it.

    Now if they would go back to the brushed stainless bezels like the styles they still use on the Colt, Avenger, et al.